Challenges in Contemporary Spain – Early Fall Study Abroad

Looking for a chance to apply the sociology you learn to the most prominent social issues facing another country? Would you like to explore how historical, political, and economic forces combine to create social life? Interested in spending early fall in Spain?

Well, then buckle up, because have we got an opportunity for you!


Prof. Steve Pfaff is taking a group a students to Madrid, Segovia, León, & Barcelona from 19 August to 15 September to study the issues and challenges that face Spain today. Through a combination of readings, lectures, visits to important locations throughout Spain, and discourse with local politicians and activists, students will learn general theories of crisis and conflict, and will think about how the issues in Spain overlap with and diverge from similar issues in the United States. Students will receive 5 credits of SOC 401 which can be used towards the upper division major requirement.

If you’re interested in learning more about the program, we would like to invite you to 2 information sessions we will be hosting next week. Prof. Pfaff will be there to tell you more about the goals for students who join the trip, to talk about the value of taking a comparative sociological approach like this one, and to answer any questions you might have about the program. Information sessions will be held:

  • RESCHEDULED! Monday, 11 February, 3-4pm in SAV 245
  • Thursday, 07 February, 11:30am-12:30pm in SAV 245

Please see the program application for more details, the deadline for applying is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH!

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Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad – Application and Info Session

The application for the Gilman Scholarship for undergraduate study abroad is NOW OPEN for students participating in programs starting in summer, early fall, and fall 2019. The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, especially students with disabilities, veterans, and non-traditional college students.

Students can receive up to $5,000, In addition, students formally studying any of the critical need-languages listed on its website are eligible for an additional grant of up to $3,000. 


  •  Students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant through the Office of Student Financial Aid to be eligible.
  • Programs must be at least 21 consecutive days in length in a single country.

Students who have questions about this scholarship or its application can email Kiana Parker, UW Study Abroad’s Global Opportunities Adviser, at

UW Study Abroad will be hosting 2 INFORMATION SESSIONS in February, which will provide an overview of the program, eligibility requirements, application components, application cycles and deadlines and tips for writing competitive essays.

  • Friday, 08 February, 1:30-2:30pm 171 Mary Gates Hall
  • Wednesday, 20 February, 2:30-3:30pm, T612 Magnuson Health Sciences Center B

For more information, visit their Events page.

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Sociology Honors Info Sessions

Are you looking for an academic challenge? Interested in conducting your own research project? Do you want to build relationships with other developing young scholars – as well as faculty members?

Come find out about how the Sociology Honors Program can help you do all of that!

The Sociology Department will be hosting two information sessions in February to encourage any interested student to apply to the Sociology Honors Program. The session will cover everything from how to apply, to requirements for completion, and, most importantly, how challenging, fulfilling, and fun this work can be!

Note: The current  Faculty Honors Director, Advising office staff, and current honors students will be there and can answer any questions you might have about the experience of this Program.

Honors Program Information Sessions:

  • Thursday, 07 February, SAV 409 @ 2pm
  • Tuesday, 26 February, SAV 409 @ 2pm

The deadline to apply for the 2019/2020 Honors Program is April 12, 2019.
More info here:

Savery Hall
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Be The Match – UW Focus Group

Be The Match is coming to UW on February 5th to learn from students how we can better serve our community!

Be the Match is a global organization that works to help people of color and those with mixed racial ancestry who are blood cancer patients. These patients face a unique challenge as they struggle to find marrow donors who are compatible with their complex, multiracial genetics. Be the Match also hosted the Mixed Match screening and panel discussion from November (note: you are eligible for the focus group regardless of whether you attended the screening).

What you need to know:

  1. All information is confidential.  You will NOT be placed on any list.
  2. We are not recruiting.  You will NOT be asked to join anything
  3. We provide plenty of food during the focus groups, so come hungry.
  4. You will receive a $100 gift card upon completion of the focus group.

Group Location: Roosevelt Commons Building – 4300 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA 98105

Group Times:

              Group 1 – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (10 people)

              Group 2 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (10 people)

To find out more, or to sign up for one of the focus groups, visit their registration page.

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Scholarship Workshops This Week

The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards is offering several workshops this week and next that will be helpful to undergraduate students preparing to apply for scholarships and other programs. Here’s some more info about each of the workshops they’ll be holding:

Personal Statement Writing Workshop:

Scholarships, summer programs, major admissions and graduate/professional programs often ask applicants to write a personal statement or application letter. This type of writing requires you to outline your ideas, plans and strengths confidently and concisely, which can be challenging. Join us to get started brainstorming, drafting and strategizing how your statement can provide evidence of your interests and achievements that aren’t reflected in other parts of an application.

Thurs., Jan. 31 | 4:00–5:00 p.m. | MGH 171

Let us know you’re planning to attend.

Scholarship Information for Transfer Students:

Discuss application tips and tricks, as well as information on selected scholarships transfer students need to be aware of early in their UW studies.

Tues., Feb. 5 | 5:00–6:00 p.m. | Online via Zoom

Let us know you’re planning to attend.

Scholarship Fridays:

Fridays at 1:30pm during winter quarter you have the opportunity to learn more about scholarships! This quarter learn about Getting Started with scholarships, the Mary Gates Endowment for Students and the Gilman Scholarship. Check out our calendar for the session schedule!

Friday, Feb. 1 will feature the Mary Gates Leadership & Research Scholarships. Friday, Feb. 8 will feature the Gilman Scholarships for study abroad.

When: Fridays | 1:30pm

Where: MGH 171

Learn more.

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New Informatics Minor Requirements!

The iSchool just approved changes to the Informatics minor that are effective Spring quarter which includes Spring 2019 graduates. These change were made to graduate more students with an interest in the minor, allow students to more closely customize classes to fit their interests, and to reduce registration bottlenecks by allowing students to take courses across the INFO curriculum.

New INFO minor requirements: Minimum 25 credits

  1. INFO 200 (covering data and design) and INFO 201 (covering development). 10 credits
  2. INFO 300/400 level courses providing depth in data, design, or development. Minimum 3 credits covering ethics, policy, and/or equity dimensions of information technology. See department/school for list of eligible credits. 15 credits **SOC 225 is an approved course**
  3. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for courses applied to the minor.

See their website for additional information and contact us at if you are interested in making an appointment to discuss or declare a minor.

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TONIGHT – 38th Annual Diversity Career Fair

Jobs! Internships! Fantastic Opportunities for All UW Students!

TONIGHT is the 38th Annual Diversity Career Fair, from 5:30pm-8:30pm, HUB Ballroom.  The career fair is open to ALL UW STUDENTS and ALL MAJORS.  A wide variety of employers will be at the fair to recruit students for career and internship opportunities. 

What to Expect:

  • Find out about jobs, internships, & volunteer opportunities
  • Meet face-to-face with employers in business & industry, government, school districts & non-profits
  • Explore jobs and internships for your major/interest
  • Develop your network of contacts
  • Opportunity for a possible next-day interview
  • Connect with UW Programs

What to Bring:

  • Multiple copies of your resume
  • Your enthusiasm and a firm handshake
  • Great Elevator Speech

10 Tips for Career Fair Success

  1. Research employers in advance
  2. Create a well-prepared resume & bring 10-15 copies to the career fair
  3. Dress appropriately (Business Casual)
  4. Identify employers that interest you the most
  5. Arrive early to allow time to interact with employers
  6. Greet employers with a smile and firm handshake
  7. Prepare an elevator speech 
  8. Collect business cards
  9. Send a thank you note to interested companies you meet at the career fair
  10. Complete any online applications as requested by employers

All Majors (Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts & The Sciences) – All Class Levels (Freshman – Grad) – All UW Students!

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